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  • switch grass
  • Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.9m

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

switch grass

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
6 × 9cm pots £23.97
6 × 9cm pots £23.97
9cm pot £7.99
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This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-average
  • Flowering period: August and September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Easily mistaken for Japanese Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica Rubra), this grass starts off with green, strap-like leaves that turn red at the tips in June, and produces light, airy flower panicles in summer. In autumn, the foliage turns a spectacular deep burgundy. It likes full sun, and unlike Imperata, can cope with dry summers. Try it in small groups among taller grasses, or against tall perennials.

  • Garden care: Cut it back when it starts to look tatty. Lift and divide between mid-spring and summer.
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